So you’ve been playing for a few years, and want to take your playing to new heights. This is an exciting stage as you begin to discover your identity as a drummer. As a result, here we explore the sounds, playing styles, and music that you like. Consequently, my intermediate drum lessons in West London aim at nurturing your development as a growing drummer.
At an intermediate level, we’ll also continue developing the same core skills of the pros, but applying them in new and exciting ways. Whilst you’ll these things into the music that you enjoy playing, we’ll also new genres and styles.
- Technique: Developing more fluid strokes (hands and feet) and motion around the kit
- Sight Reading: Read drum notation
- Co-ordination: Continue developing limb interdependence
- Ear Training: Reproduce rhythms, and better understand of composition
- Discipline: Optimise your practice routine
- Time: Improving time-keeping, and looking more deeply at subdivisions, exploring different time signatures
- Musicianship: Playing along to tracks, and jamming with me on the bass
Some of the practical topics covered in my intermediate drum lessons in West London include
- Building speed for the hands and feet (single and double bass drums)
- Bass drum technique (i.e. heel-toe, etc)
- Rudiments: Rolls, Drags and Flams
- Left foot independence like opening the hi hats
- Sixteenth note grooves and fills
- Foot Ostinatos
- And more…
Some of the theory covered in my intermediate drum lessons in West London include
- Rudiments and their creative application
- New orchestration ideas
- Sight reading
- Exploring Jazz and Latin drumming
- And more…
Some of the troubleshooting I cover in my intermediate drum lessons in West London include
- Trouble shooting: developing your weaker hand
- Fluidity in motion
- And more…
Courses are currently in development and will be available soon.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
Nick has all the qualities you want in a teacher. He loves his craft, he’s excellent at it, he’s patient and most importantly you can tell he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with you.
He has been my teacher now for over 3 years and, during that time I have improved far beyond what I could have managed myself. He manages to keep the teaching process fresh by tailoring the lessons so that there is a good mix between the more rudimentary stuff that is needed and whatever you personally want to learn.
I would highly recommend him to anyone who wanted to learn drums.Tom N.
My son has had lessons with Nick since the age of 5 (he is now 11). He LOVES the lessons. Nick is always so generous with time and flexible and now operates out of a really cool studio. He is a brilliant teacher with great patience and I would highly recommend him.Jess J.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH ARE LESSONS?
£30/hr, booked in blocks of 4 paid in advance (£120).
From Student’s Home
£40/hr, booked in blocks of 4 paid in advance (£160).
CAN YOU TEACH AT MY HOME?
Yes, I can. However this depends on my current schedule, availability and your location. Lessons in your home are £40/hr, to be booked in blocks of 4 and paid in advance.
Students must give me at least 24hrs notice if they wish to postpone or reschedule a lesson. Failure to do so results in forfeiting the week’s fee.
DO I NEED A DRUM KIT?
The bare minimum is to have sticks and a practice pad. The ideal situation is to have a drum kit (either electric or acoustic) to practice at home. However, the next best thing is to find a rehearsal studio near you where you can practice. Please see the What You’ll Need section of this page, and visit Bell Percussion for your purchases!
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
If you don’t have sticks and a practice pad (the bare minimum), I’d recommend you purchase:
Pair of sticks: Vic Firth 5A wood tip (recommended)
Practice pad (6” or 12”): Evans Real Feel 12” practice pad (recommended)
Book: Which book we decide on will depend on your focus and goals
Notebook: This is for you to write notes, and to log your practice sessions to check your progress
Folder: A little folder for you to keep hand-outs I may give you
DO YOU TEACH GRADES?
Yes! Grades are a great pathway to learning with clear goals. I’ve used both Trinity Guildhall and Rockschool curriculum with great success.
IS MY CHILD TOO YOUNG?
The youngest kids I’ve taught are 5 years old, and with them the focus is to develop their sense of rhythm and co-ordination through games.
AM I TOO OLD TO START?
You’re never too old to pick up an instrument! I’ve had experience teaching students up to their 60s.
HOW DO YOU TEACH?
Part of my approach to teaching is about figuring how you best take information in to help you maximise your learning. Similarly, I strongly believe that you “you get what you put in”, so don’t expect to become an amazing drummer by practicing once a week for two hours.
You most certainly can purchase a voucher for a certain amount of lessons. Please visit the Gift Voucher page, and get in touch to discuss details or if you have any questions.